Wow. I have been scouring the internet for weeks for proof that the boat I found on Craigslist actually existed outside of a Feathercraft catalog. I too have a Riverboat. I think it is a '63. Mine is in much better shape, although it has been painted several times. Its great to finally see that someone else has one of these. I will open a new thread with pics in a few days. I am about 30%done stripping the paint off. Its quite a project.
It'll be interesting to see how this boat performs and handles. The catalog pic shows it with a pretty good sized motor, and the hull form looks to be derived from the 'Hickman Sea Sled'. There seems to have been quite a bit of interest in this design in the '50s, although Hickman applied for the patent in the early 1900s.
Air trapped in the inverted V at speed apparently softens the ride in a chop.
"Kiss my ass, I bought a boat; I'm going out to sea." - Lyle Lovett
I ended up buying this boat. I have a 54 Whirlwind Deluxe that Im currently restoring but had always wanted a feather craft. Found it on craigslist and couldn't pass it up after I found out what it was. They guy was in a bad place,needed cash, moving from motel to motel weekly. It was a pretty sketchy transaction but I got it. She definitely needs some work. Bad trailer set up has caused a crack in the up right of the bow and the hull is dented in in some places due to using standard bunking vs. pontoon type bunks. The transom and bracket has been cut down as well. I've pulled out all the old plywood, bass boat seats and cleaned her out. She'll be in storage until I can do the research and get the tools to start the repairs; new to riveting.
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So I showed the photo to a few of the local coast guard search n rescue fullaz , the bulked as I did at the price! Like me they said throw maybe 2 grand at it and you'd have an easy 10 - 12 k boat , such a gem , unreal yall have these sort of things just floating about for bread money! Almost keen to go to bank ask for a loan and import it!!!!!